Talented kiwi raider Mongolian Khan has secured an impressive trans-Tasman Derby double at Randwick this afternoon; displaying an exceptional turn of foot in the final straight to win the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m).
Jumping from the gates well, jockey Opie Bosson settled the son of Holy Roman Emperor mid-pack, off the pace of early leaders Hampton Court and Brogue who set a fair tempo away from the barriers and towards the first bend.
Finding a good rhythm and receiving a good run in transit, Bosson pressed Mongolian Khan forward over the back straight; stealing several yards on the fence from the race’s lead pack.
Continuing to build in momentum rounding onto the final straight, Mongolian Khan charged to the lead and locked into a sprint alongside Godolphin runner Hauraki and Rosehill Guineas winner Volkstok’n’Barrell; pulling clear over the final 100m to post a second impressive victory at the highest level.
Opie Bosson flew into Sydney to partner Mongolian Khan in the 2015 Australian Derby and credited the horse’s love of 2400m in the success.
“He was just a little but flat first-up and today when I hopped on him he was a different horse,” Bosson said after the win.
“He jumped and put himself into the race and travelled beautifully throughout.
“He just loves that 2-4; he just keeps grinding towards the line.
“He was relaxed no matter where we were and it was just a matter of getting him into the clear.
“We got the win, so I’m happy.”
Trainer Murray Baker saddled his third Australian Derby winner in Mongolian Khan this afternoon and was understandably thrilled with the fortitude displayed by the three-year-old in the success.
“Good to be back, I always like coming to Randwick. Mighty track, good racing, big stakes,” Baker said
“Just good to get back again and have another go and I must congratulate Opie Bosson on a great ride.
“Straight after the New Zealand Derby on the Sunday we sent him out to the spelling farm for five days and brought him back into work on the Thursday before coming over here.
“I’ve got to honest; he was very disappointing in the Rosehill Guineas – I thought he would have kicked on better but we’ve swan him, done a few things with him and got him going.
“We thought he’d run a good race today.”
Confirming he will now return to the spelling paddock, Baker said Mongolian Khan will return to Australia in spring and may target both the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup.
“We’ll give him a break and get him right for Melbourne,”
“He’s qualified now having won two Derbies and I know Mr Lang the owner is very keen to run in the Melbourne Cup so we’ll see what eventuates.
“He can run 2-4 and whether he can run 3-2 remains to be seen.”
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2015 Australian Derby Results
|1||3||MONGOLIAN KHAN||Murray Baker||Opie Bosson||–||1||56.5kg||$6.50|
|2||5||HAURAKI||John O’Shea||James McDonald||0.8L||9||56.5kg||$4|
|3||2||VOLKSTOK’N’BARRELL (NZ)||Donna Logan||Craig Williams||0.9L||5||56.5kg||$4|
|4||9||BIKILA||Pat Carey||Chad Schofield||1.9L||8||56.5kg||$151|
|5||6||QUICK STRIKE||Chris Waller||Tye Angland||2.1L||3||56.5kg||$17|
|6||8||RULING DYNASTY||Bart & James Cummings||Tommy Berry||3.7L||4||56.5kg||$21|
|7||7||OMEROS||John Sargent||Joao Moreira||5.4L||2||56.5kg||$12|
|8||1||PREFERMENT (NZ)||Chris Waller||Damien Oliver||7.6L||10||56.5kg||$3.70F|
|9||10||BROGUE (NZ)||Steve Englebrecht||Christian Reith||10.8L||7||56.5kg||$151|
|10||4||HAMPTON COURT||Gai Waterhouse||Joshua Parr||16.3L||6||56.5kg||$26|